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11.12.2014 STATEMENT

Silas Inoue

Knuckle Soup - Silas Inoue @ Third Space

In the exhibition Knuckle Soup at Third Space, Silas Inoue explores the concept of agression as a cultural expression and primordial behaviour through performance and painterly works.

AF Camilla Mosekjær Hansen

Third Space
Skydebanegade 31, st. tv, 1703 København V. W: thirdspace.dk
Knuckle Soup
Silas Inoue 

28.11.2014 - 20.12.2014

Some half-year ago I coincidently stumbled upon a scientific article about pre historic violence, in which two biologists argued that fistfights among the apes we descent from is the reason why humans have flat faces. This is pretty stupid and funny I think – and somehow also very human. The absurd, yet plausible theory led me to the idea of the performance titled: The Flat Face Theory, in which I repeatedly punch a speed bag. Since I have practiced martial arts for many years I know how to punch with speed and power. However the secret behind handling a speed bag is somehow more about knowing its rhythm, and hit it like a sort of drum. I wanted to emphasize these musical properties in the performance, so I asked the sound artists: Anne Gry Kristensen and Kristian Paulsen if they wanted to make a musical piece to accompany the rhythm of the speed bag. The result of this collaboration is a performance accelerating in speed and intensity – like a sort of primitive allegory of human evolution.

I heard about the Mantis Shrimp in a radio program some years ago. The Mantis Shrimp only measures between 4 and 22 cm. Yet it can create punches so hard that it’s able to break the glass of an aquarium - at least that's what I read on different forums for saltwater enthusiasts. For a long time I have wanted to work with living creatures in my praxis, so when I thought about the mantis shrimp and that it actually has the hardest punch in the world, I found it obvious that it had some sort of connection to The Flat Face Theory. While punches in the face allegedly created our facial features, the natural selection amongst the mantis shrimp provided it with punching claws with a unique super hard structure, which also is subject for scientific research, in the means of creating military hardware. The Mantis Shrimps are so aggressive that they cant live with other aquarium animals, especially not their own species. I think there’s some kind of poetic ambiguousness in the concept of one of nature’s most aggressive species within an aquarium, which is somehow a display of tranquillity, and Zen-like calm. 

The three paintings/aquariums in the installation is titled Knuckle Soup, (like the title of the exhibition). Knuckle Soup is a literary translation of the Danish old-fashioned word “Knosuppe” which kind of means “a good old beating”. Besides I think the word give allusion to the theory of The Primordial Soup, perhaps it's the same with the paintings, with they’re chaotic and water like aesthetics.


Thank you.

Silas Inoue: Knucle Soup (installation view), 2014. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Knuckle Soup (installation view), 2014. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Knuckle Soup (installation view), 2014. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Speed bag, 2014, Speed bag, MDF, iron.. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Knucklesoup (3), 2014, 78 x 60 cm , Acrylic and watercolour on paper, acrylic glass, mantis shrimp, saltwater and natural elements. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Knucklesoup (2), 2014, 78 x 60 cm , Acrylic and watercolour on paper, acrylic glass, mantis shrimp, saltwater and natural elements. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Knucklesoup (1), 2014, 78 x 60 cm , Acrylic and watercolour on paper, acrylic glass, mantis shrimp, saltwater and natural elements. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Knucklesoup (1) (detail), 2014, 78 x 60 cm , Acrylic and watercolour on paper, acrylic glass, mantis shrimp, saltwater and natural elements.. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Soup (4) , 2014, 70 x 55 cm, Acrylic and watercolour on paper and MDF - enclosed by radiant acrylic capsule. Foto: Third Space.

Silas Inoue: Soup (5), 2014, 70 x 55 cm, Acrylic and watercolour on paper and MDF - enclosed by radiant acrylic capsule. Foto: Third Space.

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